Curator Nancy A. Pope shared the dangerous and fascinating story of early experimental airmail flights on February 18, 2011, the centennial of the Wiseman-Cooke flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, California. From 1911 to 1914, postmasters across the country were urged to get involved with local aviation events and encourage pilots to carry mail on their flights. Ms. Pope refers to the following pilots and aviators: John Wise, the Wright Brothers, Glenn L Curtiss, Frederick Wiseman, Henri Pequet, Gustav Hamel, Jule Vedrines, Earle Ovington, Cal Rogers, Walter Brookins, Lincoln Beachey, Charles Walsh, Farnum T Fish, Horace Kearney, Max Lillie, Paul Peck, Walter Edwards, Katherine Stinson, and Joseph Stevenson.
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